Although the EAL program is housed in the English Department in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, it is affiliated with several programs across the U of Arizona. Activities on campus sponsored by different departments and programs, including lecture series, colloquia, and conferences, offer EAL students a rich intellectual environment to complement their studies.
The internationally known, highly ranked Second Language Acquisition and Teaching doctoral degree program is an interdisciplinary program, designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language acquisition, learning, and teaching. Students focus on second language analysis, processes and learning, use, or pedagogical theory and program administration. Successful graduates of the MATESL program are given preferential consideration for acceptance into SLAT, with a GPA of 3.5, 2 letters of recommendation from SLAT-affiliated faculty, and a source of funding--students who have Writing Program GATships may carry them over into their doctoral studies. MA students going on to SLAT may also transfer up to 24 credit hours of MA ESL coursework towards PhD in SLAT requirements.
The Center for English as a Second Language is an accredited, highly considered Intensive English Program with over 100 students from all over the world. Students come to CESL to improve their English skills for a variety of reasons, for example, to gain entrance to American universities. CESL serves as an observation laboratory for MATESL students, and has several program graduates employed as ESL instructors.
The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy is a Title VI Language Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It supports the educational community and the nation by providing resources and research focused on culture, language and literacy in less commonly taught languages.